We tell stories to create purpose and find meaning.  The stories we tell about ourselves define our identity, the stories we enjoy reveal our hopes and aspirations, and the stories that we believe without question hide our deepest fears. 


I can be reached the following ways:

Questions about rights and book-length projects may be directed to my agent:

Matt Bialer
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc.

short bio

C. C. Finlay is the editor for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and the author of five books and dozens of short stories.  His fiction has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and other awards.  He lives in Arizona with his wife, young adult novelist 
Rae Carson

long bio

In January 2015, C.C. Finlay became the ninth editor of 
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He is also the author of the Traitor to the Crown historical fantasy trilogy, which began with The Patriot Witch, and a stand-alone fantasy novel, The Prodigal Troll.   He's published more than forty stories since 2001, many of which have been reprinted in volumes of the Year's Best Fantasy, Year's Best Science Fiction, Best New Horror, and other anthologies. Some of his short stories have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Sidewise, and Sturgeon awards, and have been translated into more than a dozen languages.  Fourteen early stories were collected in Wild Things (2005). 

Previously, he was the administrator for OWW, the Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, and continues to serve there as a resident editor.  He has also been an instructor at the Clarion Workshop, the Clarion Young Authors workshop, the Alpha Writers Workshop, and the Odyssey Online Workshop.

In 2003, Finlay founded the Blue Heaven workshop, a professional peer review retreat for genre novelists. Authors who have attended Blue Heaven include Cassie Alexander, Paolo BacigalupiChristopher Barzak, Gwenda BondTobias BuckellRae CarsonDeborah CoatesBrenda Cooper, Alan GratzDaryl Gregory, Kameron HurleyKarin LowacheeSandra McDonaldPaul MelkoTim PrattSarah PrineasM. RickertIan TregillisCatherynne M. ValenteGreg van Eekhout, and others.

In 2005, Finlay served on the jury for the Phillip K. Dick Award and co-chaired the jury for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. 

Finlay was born in New York City, but grew up in Marysville, Ohio, where he haunted the stacks of the local Carnegie Library.  He earned a B.A. in English at Capital University, and did study abroad at New College, Oxford University.  He did graduate work in American history at The Ohio State University, where he studied under Saul Cornell and Randolph Roth.  

He lives in Arizona with his wife, novelist Rae Carson.

lo-res author photos for the web

Author portraits by Michelle Daniel Photography -- folks, she is really good. 

C.C. Finlay


Rae Carson and C.C. Finlay


hi-res versions of the same author photos for print

C.C. Finlay


Rae Carson and C.C. Finlay

Author portraits by Michelle Daniel Photography -- did I mention that she is really good? 



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